Andrew Sullivan was nearly as amused/satisfied by “Michael Ware’s contempt for the corny CNN set-up” in the following recent “Great Debate” segment from CNN’s Campbell Brown show — which pitted Ware, a CNN international correspondent who reported for years from Iraq, against Marc Thiessen, a former Bush speech writer — as by what Sullivan called Ware’s “explanation of reality to the little Bushie.”
And it is (largely) for Ware’s initial eye-rolling over the segment’s set-up (could Ware really be so surprised, still, by his employer’s use of “bells and whistles” or shouting, split-screen “debates”) that I am also posting the footage. (The “Great Debate” wound down with Campbell Brown declaring it “a great debate” and Ware interrupting with, “I’d hardly call it great, Campbell.”)
Liz Cox Barrett is a freelance writer and graphic designer in Kalispell, Montana. She worked as a newspaper journalist in Denver and Kalispell for 20 years.